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Minnesota Historical Society Press

The Manitous: The Spiritual World of the Ojibway (Native Voices)

The Manitous: The Spiritual World of the Ojibway (Native Voices)

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  • Author: Basil Johnston
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press
  • Published: 2001-09-01
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Manitous lived in human form among the Ojibway in the early days, after Kitchi-Manitou (the Great Mystery) created all things and Muzzu-Kummik-Quae (Mother Earth) revealed the natural order of the world. With depth and humor, Johnston tells how lasting tradition was brought to the Ojibway by four half-human brothers, including Nana'b'oozoo, the beloved archetypal being who means well but often blunders. He also relates how people are helped and hindered by other entities, such as the manitous of the forests and meadows, personal manitous and totems, mermen and merwomen, Pauguk (the cursed Flying Skeleton), and the Weendigoes, famed and terrifying giant cannibals.

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